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Facebook announces steps to stop illegal gun sales

Published on Mar 6, 2014 3:09 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Facebook is taking aim at people who are using the social network or Instagram photo-sharing platform to sell guns.

The social network will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private gun sales and will set up online "checkpoints" warning people that such deals may be illegal.

"We will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law," Facebook head of global policy management Monika Bickert said in a blog post.

People offering guns for sale on Facebook will not be allowed to indicate that background checks are not required or that sales will be done across state lines without involving licensed firearms dealers, Ms Bickert noted.

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